Nico Hulkenberg has taken a step closer to becoming an F1 driver in 2010 by winning the GP2 championship at Monza.
He adds the title to his roster of trophies including the 2005 Formula BMW championship, 2006-07 A1 Grand Prix series and 2008 F3 Euroseries title.
Third place in the morning’s sprint race sealed the title for Hulkenberg – he finished behind Luis Razia and Lucas di Grassi, and ahead of Jerome d’Ambrosio and Vitaly Petrov – the latter his closest championship rival.
Hulkenberg is the first rookie to win the championship since Lewis Hamilton in 2006.
He claimed the title with two races to spare – there is one double-header round left at Portimao in Portugal.
The question now is whether Williams will promote Hulkenberg from his third driver role to a race seat in 2010.
Putting him on the sidelines as a ‘test driver’ for a year would achieve nothing. Like Hamilton and Rosberg before him, Hulkenberg deserves to be in an F1 car next year.
There is surely no question of him being spurned by F1 entirely, like last year’s champion Giorgio Pantano.
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